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The Haunted Pumpkin Garden

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Halloween junkies can get their spooky fix in this scary patch of the Children’s Adventure Garden filled with frightening spirits lurking in between the gourds. Weekend programming includes parades, where kids can get some extra mileage out of their costumes. Older visitors can enjoy sessions

  1. New York Botanical Garden Bronx River Pkwy, at Fordham Rd, 10458
  2. Thu Oct 2 - Fri Oct 31
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"NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial"

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Finally, an ultimate tribute to not just the artistic minds that make New York a creative hub, but also the behind-the-scenes guys we never hear about. NYC will pay homage to 100 awesome artists and their production teams who have shown outstanding levels of talent in their fields, from stonemasons

  1. Museum of Arts & Design 2 Columbus Circle, at Broadway, 10019
  2. Thu Oct 2 - Sun Oct 12
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"Illuminations"

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"Illuminations" is an exhibit centered around someone trying to get over love. While that may be something all of us have gone through, artist Florence Montmare took that experience and turned it on its head, presenting heartbreak as something incredibly beautiful and, dare we say it, quite

  1. Ivy Brown Gallery 675 Hudson St, at W 13th St
  2. Thu Oct 2 - Sun Oct 19
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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RECOMMENDED: The Metropolitan Museum of Art Occupying 13 acres of Central Park, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which opened in 1880, is impressive in terms both of quality and scale. Added in 1895 by McKim, Mead and White, the neoclassical facade is daunting. However, the museum is surprisingly

  1. 1000 Fifth Ave, at 82nd St, 10028
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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

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RECOMMENDED: Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) After a two-year redesign by Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi, MoMA reopened in 2004 with almost double the space to display some of the most impressive artworks from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Outside, the Philip Johnson–designed Abby Aldrich

  1. 11 W 53rd St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves, 10019
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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

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RECOMMENDED: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum The Guggenheim is as famous for its landmark building—designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and restored for its 50th birthday in 2009—as it is for its impressive collection and daring temporary shows. The museum owns Peggy Guggenheim’s trove of Cubist,

  1. 1071 Fifth Ave, at 89th St, 10128
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Funland: Pleasures & Perils of the Erotic Fairground

This kooky installation by London-based artistic duo Bompas & Parr proves sex and carnivals aren't as different as you might have thought. From "Jump for Joy,” a bounce house made of giant, oversize breasts, to “The Tunnel of Love,” a mirrored labyrinth that takes patrons on a fantastical

  1. Museum of Sex (MoSex) 233 Fifth Ave, at 27th St
  2. Thu Oct 2 - Wed Apr 1
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Space Shuttle Enterprise

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In 1977, NASA conducted a series of tests on a new type of craft: the Space Shuttle. Now that prototype resides on the deck of the Intrepid in a specially designed pavilion. Visitors can walk close to and under the 180-foot-long, six-story Shuttle, the wingspan of which is more than 70 feet.

  1. Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Pier 86, Twelfth Ave, at 46th St, 10036
  2. Thu Oct 2 - Wed Dec 31
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American Museum of Natural History

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RECOMMENDED: American Museum of Natural History No matter which wing you wander through or where your curiosities lie (dinosaurs, gems or something else entirely), it’s hard to explore this Upper West Side fixture without being awestruck. You’ll immediately spot the rotunda’s hulking

  1. Central Park West, at 79th St, 10024
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New York Botanical Garden

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RECOMMENDED: 50 best New York attractions Every city park offers its own brand of verdant escapism, but this lush expanse goes beyond landscaped flora. In addition to housing swaths of vegetation—including the 50-acre forest, featuring some of the oldest trees in the city—the garden cultivates

  1. Bronx River Pkwy, at Fordham Rd, 10458
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"Exposed: A History of Lingerie"

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Whatever your interest in ladies’ undergarments, you’ll see more than 70 iterations from throughout history at the Museum at FIT’s new exhibit. From a circa-1770 whalebone corset to Rudi Gernreich’s wireless “no-bra bra” of the ’60s, the exhibit looks at how form and function have

  1. The Museum at FIT Seventh Ave, at 27th St
  2. Thu Oct 2 - Sat Nov 15
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Chrysler Building

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RECOMMENDED: 50 best New York attractions We won’t argue if you want to call this glimmering pinnacle of Art Deco architecture NYC’s most eye-popping skyscraper. Triangle-shaped windows in its crown are lined with lights, creating a beautiful effect come nighttime. Oozing a moneyed

  1. 405 Lexington Ave, at 44th St
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5 Pointz Aerosol Art Center (CLOSED)

  • Rated as: 4/5
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RECOMMENDED: 50 best New York attractions This Long Island City warehouse, treated as a 200,000-square-foot canvas, is one of the world’s best places to see the full spectrum of spray-paint art. Ride a Queens-bound 7 train past the Hunters Point Ave stop for an elevated, panoramic view of the

  1. 45-46 Davis St, at Jackson Ave
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New Museum of Contemporary Art

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RECOMMENDED: New Museum of Contemporary Art The first new art museum ever constructed from the ground up below 14th Street, the aptly named New Museum marks a major contribution to the continuing revitalization of downtown Manhattan. The bold seven-story building, designed by the cutting-edge Tokyo

  1. 235 Bowery, at Prince St
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Radio City Stage Door Tour

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This hour-long tour of the Art Deco theater includes a look at the Roxy Suite—created for vaudeville producer Samuel Lionel "Roxy" Rothafel when the stage opened in 1931—a meet-and-greet with a Rockette and a glimpse at the VIP-signed guest book. Attendees can even pose in a digitally

  1. Radio City Music Hall 1260 Sixth Ave, at 50th St
  2. Thu Oct 2 - Wed Dec 31
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